Is your vehicle dangerous?
Vehicle dangers announced by the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) and auto manufactures include “Do Not Drive” and “Park Outside” recalls.
What is the nature of these recalls and what are the vehicle dangers involved?
A “Do Not Drive” recall indicates there is a serious safety issue that could lead to an accident or physical harm. The issue is serious enough that the vehicle is not safe to drive.
A “Park Outside” recall is for vehicles that are at risk of catching fire. The recall also urges owners not to park their vehicles near structures that can catch on fire.
What is the current concern?
NHTS and auto manufacturers rarely issue these recalls. Unfortunately, according to Carfax.com https://www.carfax.com/blog/urgent-recalls, more than 2.5 million vehicles were subject to these recalls. In addition, ten states have more than 70,000 of these dangerous vehicles on their roads. New York State has an estimated 118,000.
Recalled vehicles are accidents waiting to happen—vehicle fires, chemicals in airbags that change over time and can explode like shrapnel.
What damage statistics exist related the recalled vehicles?
These recalls are time-sensitive and serious consequences have already occurred. According to NTHSA, 23 people in the U.S. have died due to exploding Takata airbags, and more than 400 people have suffered from injuries. The chemical composition of the airbags have caused issues. When the metal encasing the airbag blows apart, it acts as shrapnel.
NTSA has also reported that more than 3,100 Hyundai and KIA models nationwide have caught fire. As a result one person has died and more than 100 people have suffered injuries.
According to General Motors, 19 Chevrolet Volt EV electric cars have caught on fire. Although, there have been no reports of death or injuries resulting from these fires.
What should you do if your car is under recall?
You should take your car in for repair. The dealership where you purchased your vehicle will do the repairs at no cost.